"ORIGINS" WHO ARE THE MEXICAN PEOPLE?
Discussion of migration theories, legends, language, cultural achievements, history, culture and philsophy. No opinions, no jokes just facts!
"MUSIC OF ANCIENT MEXICO"
Discussion of instruments, their uses, who used them, comparison to the instruments of the modern orchestra, their construction and interspersing audience involvement by playing the percussion instruments Martin brings. Audience also sings in indigenous languages as well. All this in order to put the music in context and experience the culture on a much fuller level instead of just talking or watching me play. Facts, yes but definitely fun and nurturing the inner need for sound.
"EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS"
Beore people were lecturing in this subject, I started doing it, I remember being the only one. In my lecture I discuss the origins and myths about this celebration. It's not the Mexican Halloween! I see more and more people discover our celebration is safe and now they're trying to mix it with Halloween or attending Muertos events dressed in costumes other than calavera attire (skeleton). Discussion that there are no "altars" but rather ofrendas. This and many other things I speak about. I also include music on the ancient instruments and some audience interaction!!!
UCLA 2005 yearly through 2011
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA (invited 4 times, 2013 they wrote a grant to have me visit and lecture on "Muertos")
BOWERS MUSEUM about 20 years
CAL STATE FULLERTON 2010 yearly thru 2012
ONTARIO MUSIC OF ART AND HISTORY 2010 yearly thru 2012 (lecture/performance on "Muertos")
AZUSA COLLEGE 2010 & 2011
OXNARD COLLEGE 2009 & 2010 (recorded for local cable tv and played yearly)
RIO HONDO COLLEGE 2008 yearly thru 2010
EAST LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY 2008
CHARLES CITY, IOWA 2002 & 2003 (lectures on "Muertos"
MESA COLLEGE 2006 & 2007
Thank you all and other clients for reinviting me to return, I always try to do my best. Bless you, Martin